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Mexican-American War

The Mexican-American War was fought between the United States and Mexico between 1846 and 1848, and it was marked the first American military battle to be fought on foreign soil. The Mexican American War was mainly driven by the idea of “Manifest Destiny”; the belief that the Americans had a God-given right, based on racial superiority, to spread across the Pacific Ocean (Chavez 2). The motives that were really behind Manifest Destiny was the acquisition of new territory, and the Americans wanted territories which were relatively uninhabited by people they considered inferior. As Americans wandered in search of land towards the west, the reality that the ...view middle of the document...

The first part of Mexico to be settled by significant numbers of Americans was Texas. The war started with the U.S. annexation of Texas and was the result of disagreement over where the Mexican-American border should be. President James Polk, during his presidency, had a vision to fulfill the manifest destiny by expanding the power and the borders of the United States. After Texas gained its independence from Mexico, the United States declined to incorporate it into the union. The Mexican government was warning Americans that any attempt at annexation would lead to war. Polk wanted California and New Mexico, and he offered to purchase those lands. Polk offered money to purchase California, but the Mexicans rejected it. The rejection of this proposed treaty and the concept of the manifest destiny inspired Polk to send soldiers into the region between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, land claimed by both countries on disputed border between Texas and Mexico. The questioning of the border of Texas being the Rio Grande or the Nueces River justified the Americans to go to war to fight for their territory between the two rivers .The Mexicans also reacted by installing troops on the border for protection regardless of the deal Polk had with Santa Anna. Polk told the U.S Congress that Mexicans “invaded our territory and shed the blood of our fellow citizens on our own soil” (73), and Congress declared war even though no official declaration of war came from Mexico. The bulk of the fighting in the war occurred in Central Mexico, and the United States won the war. The two governments agreed to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which confirmed the annexation of Texas and ceded California and present day Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah to the United States. In exchange, the United States paid Mexico 15 Million (Foner 475).
Manifest destiny gave a new stridency regarding racial superiority. The belief that Americans were a superior race gave them a sense of entitlement and disregard to Mexicans. An increasingly large number of Americans migrated towards the west in search of land, and the fact that most of those areas already had people living in them was ignored. The war had an undeniable effect upon the way Americans viewed the...

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